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Dreaming in English: A Novel | [Laura Fitzgerald]

Dreaming in English: A Novel

Knowing she could never be happy in Iran, Tamila Soroush took her mother’s advice to “Go and wake up your luck” and joined her sister in the United States, where amazing freedoms awaited her. Now, after a spur-of-the-moment exchange of “I do’s” with her true love, Ike Hanson, Tami is eager to start her new life. But not everyone is pleased with their marriage, and Tami’s happily-ever-after is no sure thing.
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Publisher's Summary

Knowing she could never be happy in Iran, Tamila Soroush took her mother’s advice to “Go and wake up your luck” and joined her sister in the United States, where amazing freedoms awaited her. Now, after a spur-of-the-moment exchange of “I do’s” with her true love, Ike Hanson, Tami is eager to start her new life.

But not everyone is pleased with their marriage, and Tami’s happily-ever-after is no sure thing. As tensions escalate, Tami’s sense of self-worth takes a beating, especially when her earlier attempts to find a husband on a visitor’s visa return to haunt her. And there are her parents, stuck behind in a country that betrayed them. How can she be happy when they are not?Tami is beginning to understand that freedom is not for the faint of heart. With so much stacked against her, and her immigration interview looming, she wonders whether she’s got the right stuff when it comes to love, American-style. Maybe her luck is running out... or maybe she’ll step up to the plate and claim her American dream.

©2011 Laura Fitzgerald (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 02-24-11
    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 02-24-11 Member Since 2009

    ADD Diva

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    "Wow, what a book this turned out to be!"

    This book is such an incredible read! The narrator is authentic as well. Her take on the accents involved within the culture is so on point I couldn't believe it. All of the characters have different voice inflections instead of having the same accent across all of the Iranian characters.

    This story is one of love across 2 countries, and the main character is just a jewel to listen to! She is so refreshing! I hope that the author will continue to write about Tamila and Ike, because the way that the book ended left SO much to say in the future!

    Get this book! You will be so pleasantly surprised and so glad that you did!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Squitiro 10-07-11
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    "weak under-resached romance"

    This was one pitiful book supposedly written from the point of view of an Iranian, or should I say, as the author coyly states, Persian woman It was repetitive, the characters one-dimensional, and should have been brutally edited. i can only say that i am glad to note that apparently the only contact the writer had with Iranian people was through three "relatives" otherwise I would be very sad for Iranian womanhood.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Albuquerque, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-08-11
    Bruce Albuquerque, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Dreaming in English"

    You know how you do not want the book you are reading to end?: This is one you do not want to end; there are so many emotions, points of view, anger, happiness..Listen to this book, so worth your time

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 10-20-11
    Amazon Customer United States 10-20-11 Listener Since 2009

    picky reader

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    "Just couldn't do it."

    I wanted to like this book. The characters were unbearable and shallow to me. I listened to about an hour and gave up.

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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 09-18-11
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 09-18-11 Member Since 2001
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    "A Thoroughly Enjoyable Read"

    This was a very enjoyable book........something entirely different. I listened to it in just two days and hated to see it come to an end. The reader was excellent and it was nice to have characters you could really care about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 10-31-11
    Bobbie LEEDEY, OK, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Lots of food for thought in this one"

    This story was not an easy listen for me, because it made me constantly consider my own views of our country's immigration laws. One moment I wanted to cheer for the main character, and in the next moment, I was angry with her. She had so many admirable traits, but there were also some times that I felt she and others in her social circle were abusing the privileges extended to them. Ironically, I can't say that I wouldn't behave the same way were I in their positions. I cannot count the number of times that I felt thankful to be born an American as I listened to this story.
    Overall, the story line was interesting. Many of the characters, though perhaps not exactly likeable, were performed very well. This was an easy listen on the surface, but I think it should make a person examine his/her own prejudices and thoughts about immigration.

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    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 10-14-11
    Rosalind North Sydney, Australia 10-14-11 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!Bayview N.S.W. AUSTRALIA

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    "delightful story"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreaming in English the most enjoyable?

    The characters were so genuine. The story really enveloped you. It was mesmerising. She created people which you could empathise with.


    What other book might you compare Dreaming in English to and why?

    In some ways it was like a Thousand Splendid Suns. Not in content, but in plight of human spirit.


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader has a fantastic talent with accents and voices. Unlike too many other audio books, this reader had the absolute ability to switch you from character to character, it was seamless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A book of prejudice, fear, hope and heartbreaking love.


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes audio listeners wanting more. If only they were all so beautiful. And all audio readers this talented. So many good stories are spoilt by the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Asenath Waite Boston 11-02-14
    Asenath Waite Boston 11-02-14

    Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.

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    "Quite beautiful"
    Where does Dreaming in English rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not sure its at the very, very top but certainly one of the best listens. Many thanks to the other reviewer here who said "what a ride this book turned up to be".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreaming in English?

    Well the depeche mode song at the very beginning pretty much set the tone :))) But seriously there are many sad and happy and touching moments here and I thoroughly enjoyed this book/listen.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    In the name of love: an iranian-american love story.


    Any additional comments?

    Very deep characters and relationships. Makes you appreciate the things and people in your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Camille chicago, IL, United States 05-27-13
    Camille chicago, IL, United States 05-27-13

    I love fiction, cute love stories, suprise twists, self-realization...

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    "Yay! A sequel!"
    Would you listen to Dreaming in English again? Why?

    YES! I've already listened to it 4 times! I am so glad they made a sequel! I love that they showed what happened after Tamila married Ike, the whole immigration process, and the people who were against them.


    What other book might you compare Dreaming in English to and why?

    I'm not sure I've read another book like this.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    She really sounds Persian!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I get so mad every time I hear Ike's mother saying negative things about Tami. I get so defensive of her!


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    Kandi ruckersville, VA, USA 07-10-12
    Kandi ruckersville, VA, USA 07-10-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Read this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I seldom write reviews, but this is a GREAT book. Everyone has got to read "Dreaming in English by Laura Fitzgerald." It's a love story, it's all about what it means to be an American, what FREEDOM means. It will warm your heart and make you look at your life, and think again about what the meaning of HOPE is. Man or woman, it fills your heart.


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